Marketing Beef

Canada’s Beef and Cattle Market Access

Following Canada’s announcement of its first BSE case in May 2003, most of Canada’s trading partners banned imports of Canadian cattle, beef, and beef products. The following list identifies those trading partners which have subsequently resumed full or partial trade in Canadian beef and/or cattle. The list is based on those trading partners who have official approval of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) certification, as of October 13, 2016. You will also find an overview of Canada's market access as supplied by DFATD by clicking here.     

Country
Market Access                         
Albania  All beef
Antigua and Barbuda  Beef from animals under 30 months of age, all liver
Bahrain  All beef and offal
Barbados All beef and offal
Bermuda  All beef and offal
Cayman Islands Beef from animals under 30 months of age, offal from animals under 30 months of age, all liver
Chile  All beef
China  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age¹
Colombia  All beef
Costa Rica  All beef
Cuba  All beef and offal (except tongues and hearts)
Egypt Beef from animals under 30 months of age, offal from animals under 30 months of age 
El Salvador  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months²
European Union³  All beef and offal4
Guatemala  Boneless beef (and offal) from animals under 30 months of age5
Honduras  All beef
Hong Kong  All beef
Indonesia Boneless beef excluding offal
Jamaica  All beef
Japan  Beef from animals under 30 months of age
Jordan  All beef
 
Kazakhstan Beef from animals under 30 months of age; and boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age6
Lebanon Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age and offal
Macau All beef and offal
Macedonia Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age, offal from animals under 30 months of age
Mexico All beef, offal, liver
Mongolia All beef
New Zealand All beef and offal
Panama All beef
 Peru All boneless beef; bone-in beef from animals under 30 months of age; offal with no age restrictions (tongue, heart, ruminant stomach, liver and kidneys)
Philippines All beef and offal
Puerto Rico  All beef and offal (U.S. certification requirements apply)
Qatar All beef
Russia All boneless beef; bone-in beef from animals under 30 months of age7,8
St. Kitts & Nevis Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age
 St. Pierre et Miquelon  All beef
Saudi Arabia Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age
Singapore Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age
South Korea Beef from animals under 30 months of age, includes offal
Switzerland  All beef and offal9
Taiwan  Beef from animals under 30 months of age, includes specified offal
Thailand  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months of age, excludes offal
Trinidad & Tobago  Beef from animals under 30 months of age, liver from animals under 30 months
Tunisia Beef from animals under 30 months of age 
Ukraine Beef from animals under 30 months of age
United Arab
Emirates
All beef
United States All beef, offal, liver
Vietnam All beef and offal (heart, liver and kidney)

1. Additional Chinese requirement: ractopamine-free 

2. Currently no Canadian beef or pork establishments are approved to export to El Salvador.  El Salvador has indicated that they would require an inspection visit to approve interested Canadian beef and pork establishments for export.

3. European Union includes the following 28 countries:  Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

4. Additional EU requirements: hormone-free and ractopamine-free

5. Currently no Canadian beef or pork establishments are approved to export to Guatemala. Guatemala has indicated that they would require an inspection visit to approve interested Canadian beef and pork establishments for export

6. Additional Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic) requirements: hormone-free and ractopamine-free

7. Additional Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyrgyz Republic) requirements: hormone-free and ractopamine-free)

8. On August 7, 2014, Russia imposed a one year embargo on the importation of certain agricultural products, raw materials and foodstuffs originating in countries (EU, U.S., Canada, Australia, and Norway) that had imposed economic sanctions on Russia. On June 25, 2015, Russia announced its decision to extend the embargo until August 5, 2016. On June 29, 2016, Russia announced its decision to extend the embargo until December 31, 2017. The embargoed products include beef (fresh, chilled frozen)

9. Additional requirement: ractopamine-free